Tuesday, January 31, 2017

IRRT Poster Session Proposal for Chicago

The ALA International Relations Round Table (IRRT) International Poster Sessions Committee invites you to submit poster session proposals on international themes for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago!

The poster session committee encourages submissions from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to international librarianship. Submissions may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community.

Poster session participants place materials such as pictures, data, graphs, diagrams and narrative text on boards that are usually 4 x 8 feet. During their assigned 1½ hour time periods, participants informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees. Titles/abstracts from previous years are available on ALA Connect (note that this site is only serving as an archive for previous Annual Conference poster sessions – for information on this year's posters, go to the 2017 ALA poster session website).

The deadline for submitting an application is February 3, 2017. Applicants will be notified by the end of March, after a double blind peer review process, whether their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. The 2015 ALA Annual Poster Sessions will be held June 24 and 25, 2017 (the Saturday and Sunday of the conference) in the exhibits hall.

Start your application process now. You must create a username and password for the site before you submit your application, you must choose to submit a poster session proposal after you log-in, and you will receive a confirmation e-mail after you have completed your submission.

Additional questions regarding international poster sessions can be directed to:

Sara Margaret Rizzo, co-chair of the IRRT International Poster Session Committee, srizzo@caldwell.edu


Laura N. Evans, co-chair of the IRRT International Poster Session Committee, evans@binghamton.edu

Thank you,



Sara Margaret Rizzo

Electronic Resources/Serials Management Librarian

Jennings Library

Caldwell University

120 Bloomfield Avenue

Caldwell, New Jersey 07006

973.618.3501   Fax 973.618.3360

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sustainable Library Development Interest Group at ALA Midwinter

The IRRT International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD) Interest Group invites Midwinter attendees to join their meeting on Saturday morning, January 21, 9:00 - 10:30 am, in the Georgia World Congress Center - A313/A314.

The ISLD Interest Group serves as a clearinghouse of sustainable community-based library projects in developing areas of the world. This group mobilizes the power of ALA librarians to raise awareness of and make significant contributions to international library development. 


Sunday, January 8, 2017

IRRT at Midwinter

Saturday, January 21, 2017

IRC/IRRT All Subcommittee Meeting
8:30 am – 10:30 am
Location: Georgia World Congress Center - A313/A314
*IRRT Chair’s Meeting: 8:30 - 9:00 am
 IRRT Subcommittee meetings 9:00-10:00am
 IRRT Subcommittee Reports 10:00 – 10:30am

IFLA Update
10:30am - 11:30 am
Location: Georgia World Congress Center - A313/A314

Sunday, January 22, 2017

IRRT Executive Committee Meeting
8:30 am - 10:30 am
Location: Georgia World Congress Center - A316

Monday, January 2, 2017

Center for the Future of Libraries offers fellowship opportunity

The American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries invites applications for its Future of Libraries Fellowship program.

The Future of Libraries Fellowship will provide an individual or group with a stipend of $10,000 to advance new ideas and perspectives for the future of libraries through the creation of a public product – report, white paper, video, resource, tool – that will help library professionals envision the future of library collections, partnerships, services, spaces, or technologies. Projects may build on existing work, research, or initiatives of the Association, its Offices, Divisions, and Round Tables, or explore new directions and interests. The fellowship is available to individuals in the library profession as well as those from other disciplines with a demonstrated interest in libraries and their futures.

The Center for the Future of Libraries works to identify emerging trends relevant to libraries and the communities they serve, promote futuring and innovation techniques to help librarians and library professionals shape their future, and build connections with experts and innovative thinkers to help libraries address emerging issues. The Center is modeled on the successful American Alliance of Museums' Center for the Future of Museums and was made possible by a planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The fellowship does not include a residency requirement and international colleagues are encouraged to apply. First priority review of submitted applications will begin January 15, 2017. Further information, including considerations for those interested in applying, instructions for submitting an application, evaluation and selection information, and the timeline are available at the Future of Libraries Fellowship page.

Miguel Figueroa
Director Center for the Future of Libraries
American Library Association